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ROH TV REPORT
SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
ATLANTA, GA AT CENTER STAGE
AIRED ON ROHWRESTLING.COM
REPORT BY HARLEY R. PAGEOT, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Hosts: Ian Riccaboni, Quinn McKay
-We opened with footage from July 21 TV of Lifeblood vs. Villain Enterprises in a trios street fight. Bandido pinned Marty Scurll off a top rope fallaway slam moonsault through a table. Then footage from Mass Hysteria, also July 21, of Lifeblood vs. Villain Enterprises in a tag match. Scurll made Bandido tap to the chicken-wing.
-Riccaboni and McKay checked in.
-Highlights aired of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. The Briscoes for the ROH tag titles from Honor For All on August 25. Mark Briscoe pinned Ricky Morton off a froggy-bow.
-In first-run footage Scurll was backstage for a promo. He accused Bandido of hiding behind a mask and said he doesn’t need to hide anything. [C]
-Bandio also had a first-run backstage promo. He called himself the most wanted man in the world.
-Our hosts spoke about Kelly Klein’s history in Women Of Honor and her undefeated streak from years ago. They said that two of the only people to ever pin Klein in WOH are Sumie Sakai and Angelina Love.
-Highlights aired of Sakai vs. Love from Saturday Night At Center Stage on August 24. Mandy Leon sprayed hairspray in Sakai’s eyes and Love hit a Botox Injection for the pin.
-Klein got a first-run backstage promo. She told Love to name a time and a place and she’d show up. (The time and place is Death Before Dishonor on September 27. That was announced weeks ago.) [C]
-Shane Taylor also got a first-run backstage promo. He spoke about defending the TV title against Tracy Williams and Flip Gordon in a three-way at Death Before Dishonor. He dubbed himself the baddest champion we’ve ever seen.
-The hosts sent to footage Rhett Titus recorded in his son’s bedroom. He wondered if he has been unfocused. Can he go back in time? Can he act like this is his rookie season again?
-In a rare example of a match that hadn’t already aired somewhere else, we were given Titus vs. Coast 2 Coast’s Shaheem Ali in singles action. Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman were on commentary.
(1) RHETT TITUS vs. SHAHEEM ALI
Basic back and forth action to start. [C]
Slingshot northern lights suplex to Coleman. Titus catapulted over the top ropes to ringside but Ali caught him and backdropped him on the floor. Top rope frog-splash but Titus kicked out at one. Ali went for another frog-splash but Titus moved. Running boots to Ali in the corner. Tornado kick.
WINNER: Rhett Titus in 8:03.
(Pageot’s Perspective: I shouldn’t complain that there was actually some new content on the show instead of repeats of the same stuff we already watched on Honor Club weeks ago. That said, of all the matches ROH has host over the past month, it’s so bizarre that this was the one they decided to hold off on and use to hook TV viewers into tuning in. Titus entered this show with the worst record in ROH in 2019 at 0-10. The new worst company record now goes to the NJPW young lions team of Clark, Coughlin, and Connors. They are 0-7 in tag matches.)
-Matt Taven was backstage for a first-run promo. He spoke about Rush shaving his head in Mexico last year. He said he should almost thank Rush as that was what pushed him to becoming ROH world champion. He stole Rush’s catchphrase of “Nothing happens unless I say so.” [C]
-Our hosts sent to footage from Saturday Night In Center Stage of Scurll vs. Bandido in singles action. My original report was as follows.
(2) ROH WORLD SIX-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPION “THE VILLAIN” MARTY SCURLL vs. BANDIDO
For some reason they spent the first minute dancing. Scurll took out Bandido with a superkick off the apron. He ran into the crowd and teased high-fiving a fan but gave him the finger instead. He took another fan’s world title belt, posed with it, and then left it with Bobby Cruise at the timekeeper’s table. Bandido took control with a Fosbury flop.
Both men were down at 10:30. Bandido avoided a chicken-wing attempt. Powerbomb but Bandido kicked out. Ex-knee to Scurll. Scurll avoided a 21plex and looked for the chicken-wing again. Bandido avoided and hit a running shooting star press. Both men stood on the top rope for 10-15 seconds slowly getting into position as Scurll looked visibly uncomfortable. The result was Bandido flipping over into a sort of moonsault body slam. Both men laid on the mat but Scurll suddenly no-sold and locked on the chicken-wing. Bandido escaped. Black Plague.
WINNER: Marty Scurll in 18:53.
-Scurll and Bandido shook hands and hugged. (Really putting some heat on that Lifeblood-Villain Enterprises feud.)
(Pageot’s Perspective: Shockingly dull. I’ve never felt less in tune with the commentators who raved about this dream match living up to all expectations and both men giving their all. The match I watched was slow and disjointed.)
-Next week: it’s Lifeblood vs. Villain Enterprises for the hundredth time.